The NBA at a Crossroads
By: Eric Hoosier
As a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers it is frustrating to watch what is transpiring this season and leads the mind to wondering about what it will take for them to improve. Should they tank? Should they not tank? Where can we find our next Shaq and Kobe to lead a championship roster? But also as a fan of the NBA, I wonder if the current system in place really works for the long term sustainability of the league.
Some believe that the fastest way to get to the top is to acquire talent via free agency and/or trades. Success in free agency is a product of good timing and wise decision making; sometimes the wisest decisions are the ones that are not made. Acquiring a player who is a bad fit with your team or system or ends up being overpaid because he happens to be “the best available player” on the market in a weak free agency class usually leads a franchise towards becoming New York Knicks. You must have a strong management team that understands that a great team is based on a coach with a successful system and a marriage of players that can fit in and/or potentially dominate within that system. It doesn’t matter if you have Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony if Mike D’Antoni is their coach, it isn’t going to work as the styles, skills and philosophies do not mesh with the D’Antoni system.